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Becoming a Parent

When you expand your family through birth, adoption, or legal guardianship, the child(ren) is eligible to receive medical benefits and certain optional benefits. You may also wish to update your beneficiary records to reflect the new addition to your family as well as review your other benefits coverage with this change in your personal situation.

If you are a member of the Affiliated Benefits Program, please contact your employer for enrollment options.

Enroll Your Child in the Medical Plan within 60 Days

To enroll your child in the Medical Plan, you must

  • complete and submit a Life Event Change form;
  • submit a copy of the birth certificate or legal documentation for adoption and legal guardianship.

If you enroll your child in the Medical Plan within 60 days of the date of birth, coverage will be effective from the date of birth. If you notify the Board after 60 days, you must wait until the next annual enrollment, generally in the fall, to change medical coverage levels to add the child(ren) to your medical coverage. For adoptions and legal guardianships, coverage effective dates may vary. For more information, please call the Board of Pensions at 800-773-7752 (800-PRESPLAN) to speak with a service representative.

If your employer requires a contribution toward the cost of Member + Family coverage, you are not obligated to enroll your children for coverage in the Medical Plan. If your employer pays 100 percent of the Member + Family coverage costs (non-contributory coverage), your employer may determine if it will allow you to waive medical coverage for your children if your children have other qualified health plan coverage. For more information, see Administrative Rule 206.

Update Your Beneficiary Information

You may want to update your beneficiary designations by completing the appropriate form and submitting it to the Board of Pensions:

  • Beneficiary Designation form for the salary continuation benefit and/or supplemental death benefits
  • Retirement Savings Plan Beneficiary Designation form for the Retirement Savings Plan

If you are a retired member, you may also want to change the number of your tax allowances by submitting a completed Tax Withholding Election form to the Board. Log in to Benefits Connect to review your current withholdings.

Enroll Yourself and Your Children in Optional Benefits

Because it is considered a qualifying life event, within the first 60 days of birth, adoption, or legal guardianship, you can

  • enroll you and your family in the Dental Plan if you do not currently participate (for everyone except the new child, enrolling in the Dental Plan may be considered late entry; benefits may be limited to certain preventive and diagnostic services for 24 months);
  • enroll your children in the Supplemental Death Benefits Plan.

Checklists

Adding a Newborn

  • Report the change within 60 days.
  • Complete a Life Event Change form.
  • Submit the birth certificate or other documentation.
  • Complete the appropriate beneficiary designation forms, if applicable.
  • Complete the appropriate dental/supplemental death benefits application forms, if applicable.

Adding an Adopted Child

  • Report the change within 60 days.
  • Complete a Life Event Change form.
  • Submit a letter of intent.
  • Submit the Adoption Decree for consideration of an Adoption Assistance Grant.
  • Complete the appropriate beneficiary designation forms, if applicable.
  • Complete the appropriate dental/supplemental death benefits application forms, if applicable.

Adding a Legal Ward

  • Report the change within 60 days. Complete a Life Event Change form. Submit the court order granting permanent custody. Submit proof of residency and support. Complete the appropriate beneficiary designation forms, if applicable.
  • Complete the appropriate dental and/or supplemental death benefits application forms, if applicable.